Spy Shots: 2008 Scion xBScion's hot-selling xB is due to be redesigned soon, and the replacement vehicle is expected to be larger than the current model. This photo captures a prototype mule, obviously based on the current xB, but stretched, which seems to confirm that the new xB will be at least a few inches longer than today's car. -Antoine Guilbaud/Hidden Image
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At Maserati, Tank is Half-Empty - or Half-Full?
2004 Maserati QuattroporteEnlarge Photo
But there's a downside, company officials acknowledge. The 92-year-old brand is likely to miss plans to bring sales up to the 10,000 mark by 2007 or '08, acknowledged CEO Karl-Heinz Kalbfell. With the current product mix, he told TheCarConnection.com, worldwide sales of 6000 to 7000 are probably more realistic. The challenge, then, is to expand the product lineup and tap into new markets Maserati has so far missed.
It's not that the Italian automaker, a subsidiary of Fiat Auto, isn't trying. The striking Quattroporte is already the marque's best-seller, accounting for more than half of its sales last year. Maserati hopes to gain even more traction with unique spin-offs, such as the $115,000 Executive GT, which it showed at the
At Maserati, Tank is Half-Empty - or Half-Full? (2/12/2006)
Brand is selling more cars, but still short of 10k targets.
1999 Chrysler Concorde
1999 Chrysler ConcordeEnlarge Photo
The hour or so becomes nearly two and a half hours, during which the lilting music on our car's radio begins to dissolve away any connection to the mainland or even the more populated center of Maui, about 300 sharp turns and dozens of one-lane bridges back. BlackBerries lose signal at roughly the same point where only the road ahead indicates any sort of civilization has dawned somewhere nearby. Waterfalls cascade on the veering road, and deluges and sharp-edged rays of sun fence atop the pavement while the ocean keeps languid score.